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Re: Hashtags (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Vibrator maker pays out after admiting to tracking users with online app on 2017-03-16 18:41 (#2G3DC)

Related SN story (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Nokia brings back the 3310 but not for Aussies on 2017-02-27 23:07 (#2E5QF)

Ad (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in ITT Tech shuts down all its schools on 2016-09-16 16:34 (#1TZRV)

Did they still run TV commercials non-stop on nearly every public channel like they did 20 years ago? Not much of a TV watcher, so I'm unsure. Maybe Progressive Insurance has one-upped them in advertising quantity.

Mall datacenter (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Rackspace found a buyer, going private on 2016-08-29 21:50 (#1S1FJ)

I had hopes that Rackspace would open a neat datacenter in my hometown of San Antonio when they bought a large shopping mall to serve as their main point of presence. Sounds cool, right? Take down the JCPenny/Mervins/Sears signs and install rows and rows of computers, etc... However, years later, the site is still largely empty. Sure, they renovated a few areas to serve as a large cubicle farm for phone support personnel, but they don't actually host anything or run any servers in the building. They continue to use a few third party datacenters with remote-hands in Dallas for their server needs. As far as I know, they don't even have the transit from the network providers to host anything in San Antonio, even if they wanted to.

Plus, their main business has turned into selling you a really expensive full service experience. No build your own server or collocation options, you just tell them you want a webpage and they do everything for you. Kinda boring.

We used to host our local Linux group meetings there, but support from Rackspace rapidly waned, and lack of interest to continue to push for room every month means we stopped meeting altogether. If we ever continue, we will probably go back to meeting at the local community college and skip the Rackspace option - which is kind of sad for company that claims that it is "Linux friendly" and even originated the whole OpenStack thing.

obligatory xkcd (Score: 2, Funny)

by bryan@pipedot.org in How long before a self-driving car is hacked and "weaponized"? on 2016-08-23 20:44 (#1RDZ1)

No hacking required?

https://xkcd.com/1559/

Star Trek (Score: 2, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Which fictional work will the future most resemble? on 2016-08-08 22:38 (#1PX0W)

Here's hoping we solve our problems and everything turns out OK in the end. Then, in our utopia, we can build star ships and seek out our neighbors.

Re: Entirely typical... (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Olympics viewers overloaded with commercials during NBC Olympic Opening Ceremony on 2016-08-08 17:13 (#1PW4E)

Tried to watch some of the gymnastics this weekend. The station spent over 80% of the time watching the athletes walk around, show their backstory, wait for their turn, view their reactions to the score, etc... Everything but showing the actual competitive event. Often, so much time would pass of showing nothing, that 2-3 commercial breaks would happen before seeing the next gymnastic routine.

Plus, you pretty much only get to see the U.S. team and almost never see any of the other countries competitors.

Forget texting! (Score: 2, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Serious limitations In Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner on 2016-07-28 16:46 (#1NS6F)

something that may be awkward to do in a moving vehicle
Hopefully, one doesn't try to unlock their phone via iris scanner while driving... Sounds even worse than trying to text while driving.

Re: Looked into connected thermostat... (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in The Coming Internet-Of-Things Horror Show on 2016-07-28 16:40 (#1NS6C)

As for thermostat settings, I prefer the simplest option: a single fixed temperature that the system maintains +/- a degree or two.

The house itself should be efficient and have enough thermal mass to prevent large temperature fluctuations throughout the day anyway. If you feel the need to "adjust" the heat/cooling at different times of the day, perhaps you should invest in more insulation or higher efficiency windows instead of a fancy internet connected thermostat.

Anandtech Article (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Seagate introduces new 10TB Barracuda hard drives on 2016-07-20 21:08 (#1MYEG)

The Anandtech article #1MSRJ claims that the new 10TB drives are based off of helium.

iPod (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in 6 counterfeit iPhones from China on 2016-06-20 16:13 (#1HSYD)

I remember having a knockoff iPod back when mp3 players were still a thing. The device, produced by notorious cloner Meizu, actually worked better than a real iPod in that it was able to play Ogg Vorbis and other audio codecs that the real iPod couldn't.

Or did he... (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in 15-year-old discovers a new Mayan city based on star constellations on 2016-05-11 17:52 (#1DDC4)

Re: 2015 (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Facial RecognicionTechnology Dissuading False Asylum Seekers From Entering Sweden on 2016-05-06 23:15 (#1D0N4)

Kinda late noticing this comment, but your username is probably just "kurt" and not your external email address.

Re: So dry (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Grid-scale battery based on train cars and gravity on 2016-05-02 23:02 (#1CJRH)

Plus you don't have to worry about the rail cars evaporating.

Re: Motives (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in More efficient new LEDs now available, over 200lm/W on 2016-04-20 16:48 (#1B6GQ)

Even for household applications, compact fluorescent bulbs often have a higher efficiency rating (in terms of Lumens per Watt) than LEDs. However, LED bulbs are pretty close, especially when compared to incandescent, and are still improving. Add in the instant startup, the more focused output, and the whole no-mercury thing, and it's no wonder why the new LED technology is quickly becoming the new "green" favorite.

Re: Some benefits (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Ransomware that knows where you live on 2016-04-13 16:20 (#1ACE3)

iPhone SE (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Big phones work for everyone, except you on 2016-04-08 16:12 (#19TRX)

The new iPhone SE, with the old 4 inch form factor, makes my iPhone 5 look new again. :)

Smart Watch (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Finger Phone now a reality on 2016-03-23 15:59 (#1822C)

This would finally make all those smart watches useful though, right? Being able to hear a private call with the actual watch instead of relying on a speakerphone or a Bluetooth earbud.

Candidate Stances (Score: 3, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Obama popularises phone fetishizing on 2016-03-14 23:18 (#173GC)

Presidential candidates and their stances on encryption.

Friends Feed (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in does pipedot have a friends feed? on 2016-03-11 23:53 (#16TJ9)

A friends feed of what? Articles they like? Comments?

In the stream feature of the site, you can see a single individual's stream (here's mine) of articles that they have modded up, but combining the streams of all your friends could be a neat addition that I'll look into.

As for the IRC home, a #pipedot channel on freenode was very briefly occupied two years ago, but was abandoned once soylentnews started their own IRC presence and became much more popular.

Re: errr (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Amazon increases free shipping minimum order to $49 on 2016-02-24 17:05 (#150YX)

Amazon wants to drive their customers to Prime - the service with a monthly fee even if you don't use it for anything for the month.

Re: GPL-2 issues FTW (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in ASK: Are there any Linux LiveCDs which include the proprietary NVIDIA driver? on 2016-02-13 22:57 (#13WEQ)

Many times, the "Live CD" is actually a flash drive. Ubuntu and the like can even create a separate partition on a live CD flash drive for a persistent /home storage area.

Re: Volunteer (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in PipeDot Constipated on 2016-02-12 17:09 (#13RTD)

Volunteers are always welcome. :)

Re: Current status? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Google's Project Ara Prototype Demo on 2015-12-16 18:16 (#XXBD)

More Information at their homepage and on Wikipedia.

I remember seeing some articles a few months ago about delaying until 2016 because the modular components would break apart when dropped.

Re: Another Dalton Fan! (Score: 4, Funny)

by bryan@pipedot.org in The Best Bond: on 2015-11-17 23:55 (#TXRJ)

I like how super glue is in 2nd place. :)

Finally! (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Star Trek will return to TV in January 2017 on 2015-11-03 02:18 (#SD9M)

The movies are great and all, but a TV series is better in every way.

Re: SSL Cert (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Site Update on 2015-11-01 15:15 (#S8Q3)

The current SSL cert system is a corrupt money grab (although, I suppose we can thank them for indirectly funding Ubuntu.) There is just no reason why they need to charge hundreds of dollars a year to sign a certificate.

The site still gets an "A" from the SSL Labs testing page. A year ago, when I made the certificate, Google still accepted SHA1 signatures. Their new warning (in Chrome based browsers) is just a warning (and, in my opinion, a bit premature.). That being said, the next time I renew the cert, I'll make sure that I switch to a provider with SHA2 certs down the entire chain, as well as one that allows a working SSL stapling setup.

Re: It says more about the test than the cars (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row on 2015-10-17 20:06 (#QT37)

The end result should be VW pays massive fines...
Or, even better, convince VW and others to take plug in electrics more seriously and introduce their own models. Can't fail an emission test if you have zero emissions.

Re: Come on, AMD (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in AMD cuts 5% of global employees on 2015-10-12 17:23 (#Q8K8)

For many years, AMD kept Intel honest and largely pushed the performance to what it is today. With AMD, you would typically get faster clocks, more cores, larger dies, and a cheaper cost. Intel was forced to compete.

Remember Intel Itanium? AMD responded with a more sane alternative that even Intel eventually adopted a few years later. SATA 6GB? USB3? AMD's chipsets had them almost immediately, while Intel dragged their feet for years afterwards.

Although Moore's Law is still technically alive, they've essentially been "cheating" for the past 5+ years. All those new transistors are being added to the graphics and memory caches; performance of the cores have been relatively stagnant for some time now. For example, compare a 5 year old sandy bridge (i5-2500K) with a brand new skylake (i5-6600K) CPU. See how 5 years has added hardly any additional performance? Granted, the new chips are far more efficient energy wise, and you can now play some low end games on the integrated graphics, but still...

Re: Yes, but (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Hand dryers worse than paper towels for spreading germs on 2015-10-05 15:59 (#PH6J)

Since they are probably already installed at the front entrance, why not just put automatic sliding doors on the bathrooms?

Granted, you'll probably want either an opaque or frosted glass version. Also, an automatic door (times two for both genders) will surely be more expensive than a standard door.

Smartphone Sources (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in The $60 Raspberry Pi touchscreen is now available on 2015-09-29 17:08 (#NY7J)

With all the smartphone screens these days, you would think they would be able to nab a much higher resolution screen (and likely cheaper) part from a phone maker's spare parts bin. With some new phones getting 4K screens today, something with only 480 vertical lines sounds a bit dated.

Re: Inaccurate title: Happy birthday song was not copyrighted (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Happy Birthday Song Released to Public Domain on 2015-09-25 15:57 (#NJ6D)

Either way, it was about time. Holding up copyright expiration (1976 and 1998) on recent works is bad enough. Somehow claiming they have an exclusive hold on a tune from 1893 is appalling.

Re: pipecode question (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Verizon, T-Mobile oppose delaying LTE-U to test WiFi interference claims on 2015-09-14 11:35 (#MCTH)

Sorry, I'm currently reworking how orphan comments are counted and should have a fix soon. More information can be found here: http://bugs.pipedot.org/view.php?id=62

Re: Story selection (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Why I Love Pipedot on 2015-09-12 10:37 (#JV7N)

Some things you can do under stories you can't do under direct comment links (like moderation)
Fixed. You should now be able to moderate (both inline with JavaScript enabled or form based with JavaScript disabled) on a comment page.
There's no nice user-summary page that shows your comments, moderation, reply counts, and submissions.
I started making the profile page more summary-like. Example: http://bryan.pipedot.org/summary

Re: Story selection (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Why I Love Pipedot on 2015-09-12 10:35 (#M7JT)

Replies are still sent as a link in a bare-bones e-mail.
Fixed. New notification system informs you when someone replies or moderates one of your comments

Re: needs to be better than me at what I want (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Google’s driverless cars run into problems with human drivers on 2015-09-12 07:46 (#M78Z)

Spotify (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Netflix claims you don’t really want offline video support on 2015-09-10 16:13 (#M1QH)

Spotify allows you to store your favorite music to play when you are offline. The interface to allow offline access is very simplistic and just a simple button in the App - hardly complicated at all.

Slashdot (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Google selling targeted Gmail ads that look like emails on 2015-09-09 22:49 (#KZ4V)

Slashdot is doing this as well with a new type of ad that is located in the same location as traditional stories.

Better Plan Naming (Score: 2, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in T-Mobile cracks down on unauthorized tethering on "unlimited" data plans on 2015-09-02 23:00 (#K8Q8)

They should just stop calling their plans "Unlimited" and most of the confusion would disappear. If a dairy farmer sold you a "gallon" jug of milk but only put 3 quarts of milk in it, the FDA would rightly complain against the incorrect labeling. Likewise, if an ISP sells you an "unlimited" connection but then artificially limits your speed after certain defined caps, the FCC is justified by complaining about the incorrect labeling.

Re: How to future proof? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in More than half of Australians training for soon-extinct careers on 2015-08-29 01:50 (#JSJJ)

Perfect answer. You sir, get a cookie. :)

Dedicated buttons (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Review of the Happy Hacker II keyboard on 2015-08-29 01:46 (#JSJ0)

Small keyboards look cute, but I still prefer having dedicated buttons for all the functions. Laptops need a "Function" button because they are small, but desktop keyboards shouldn't have any size limits if you aren't traveling with them.

Re: Not because polls are in polls... (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Monday Poll: why I love Pipedot on 2015-08-24 22:35 (#JBG3)

Links for this poll:

Re: When they're all the same . . . (Score: 3, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Firefox aims to simplify cross-browser Extension development on 2015-08-24 18:02 (#JAS3)

I couldn't live with a browser that didn't have NoScript. The uMatrix extension for Chrome looks promising, but it is quite a bit harder to use than the simple Firefox+NoScript combination.

Re: Additional sensors for dynamic HVAC (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in I'd like to see some innovation in: on 2015-08-17 17:52 (#HN7V)

Michael, from Phoronix, had an interesting rant today about his Nest system malfunctioning. Apparently he has 10 of the wifi-connected temperature/fire sensors and one of them started to misbehave, leading all of them to propagate the faulty alarm code and blaze their alarms.

I liked his sledgehammer approach to deal with the malfunctioning unit. :)

Re: Additional sensors for dynamic HVAC (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in I'd like to see some innovation in: on 2015-08-17 17:39 (#HN6N)

Maybe I misunderstand your idea, but it sounds like you want an ultra-high-tech system that can be more easily solved by an inexpensive low-tech one.
Indeed. Instead of investing in an expensive and complex set of electronics, upgrade the underlying physical system instead. When upgrading my own house, my first instinct was to "make it smart" with fancy thermostats, multiple zones, and plenty of monitoring. However, after weighing my options, I realized far greater gains can be made by simply buying a correctly sized efficient HVAC system. My new system is twice as efficient (26 seer vs 13 seer) and performs much better than any amount of electronic trickery could have acomplished.

One more step... (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Natural gas surpasses coal as top source of electricity in US on 2015-07-24 20:45 (#FBVJ)

Now we just need to convert excess solar energy produced during daylight hours to methane (Sabatier reaction) to power these natural gas generators.

Methane (natural gas) is much easier to store than the raw hydrogen produced from electrolysis.

Re: Pipedot email (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle on 2015-07-16 15:49 (#EH36)

Although the external email system is still undergoing testing, the internal messaging system (messaging other users from within the site) is working. The main concern for enabling SMTP is that I don't want to require users to wade through mountains of spam messages on a daily basis. Therefore, I've left the mail server off until I'm satisfied with all of the SpamAssassin/SPF/DNSBL/etc functions.

Re: Land size vs water availability (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Half of the world's biggest aquifers are being depleted on 2015-06-29 07:11 (#CQZH)

We are getting a water desalination plant in San Antonio, where I live. Even though we are pretty dang far from the coast, the bottom half of our aquifer is brackish and too salty to drink. The desalination plant will clean up the (slightly) too salty water so that we can suck the rest of the aquifer dry that we otherwise had to ignore. :)

Direct Link (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in SpaceX Falcon rocket explodes after launch on 2015-06-29 07:03 (#CQYZ)

Wow, everything looked fine until it didn't. Announcer even said "vehicle on course, on track" a second before it went poof and disappeared.

Direct YouTube link.

Re: want more (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Going deeper into neural networks on 2015-06-24 23:28 (#CBJ1)

Plus, the processed images look neater than the original artwork.
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